Laurie Williams is a trainer, behavior counselor, and performance and companion dog sports exhibitor and participant for over 30 years. She is the owner and Director of Training and Behavior Counseling at Pup 'N Iron Canine Fitness and Learning Center in Fredericksburg, VA. Pup 'N Iron is one of the largest dog fitness and training facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region and offers over 25 classes a week as well as a full scale Dog Day School Academy and Daycare. Through the years, Laurie has put dozens of titles in conformation, obedience, agility, and rally on a variety of breeds including Irish Setters, German Shorthaired Pointers, Irish Terriers, Dalmatians, and Maltese.
Laurie appeared on the 2008 CBS summer reality show Greatest American Dog with her Maltese dog Andrew. They were selected runners-up, but were praised for always demonstrating the beautiful, mutually respectful relationship that can result from positive, dog-friendly training.
A former Vice President and Board Member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), Laurie is currently a professional member of The Pet Professional Guild and committed to teaching the benefits of relationship building dog-friendly, positive training methods. She was one of the first dog trainers in Virginia to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She is a nationally published writer with works appearing in Fitness, Good Housekeeping, Shape, 9-1-1 and The Chronicle of the Dog. She currently writes a weekly column for the Stafford County Sun newspaper and participates in several online blogs.
Laurie is an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, Pet Partners therapy dog evaluator, and an Approved and Licensed AKC, UKC, WCR and C-WAGS Rally Obedience judge.